An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Paperback, 352 pages

Published July 30, 2019 by Trapeze.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

In Hank Green's sweeping, cinematic debut novel, a young woman becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagine.


Roaming through New York City at three A.M., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor--April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world--from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of …

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3 stars

Ehh this was between a 2 and a 3 for me. The idea of these "Carls" arriving around the world and asking humanity to work together is compelling, but ultimately I did not like the way in which the story was told, it felt like it was trying too hard to be currently relevant and I spent way too much time cringing. Not to mention the constant focusing on the fact that April finds herself attractive? But in the end I rounded it up to a 3 because I'll probably end up reading the next one just to see what happens, so at least it was interesting enough for me to want to do that.